Paul Jewell has been named as the new Manager of Ipswich Town. He replaces Roy Keane, who was relieved of his duties on Friday and has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys moved quickly to acquire the services of Jewell who has previously managed Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and Derby County. He resigned from his last role with the Rams in December 2008, ironically enough after a 1-0 defeat to his new employers, Ipswich.

The 46-year-old resided over three promotions during his time with Bradford and Wigan, including getting both teams into the Premier League but his immediate brief with the Tractor Boys will be to move them away from the foot of the npower Championship table.

On his appointment Ipswich owner Marcus Evans told www.itfc.co.uk: "I wanted to appoint a Manager with several years of experience behind them who also had a history of promotion and then staying up.

"I have been lucky enough to find a Manager in Paul who has done that twice and pertinently with two clubs who had never been in the Premier League.

"It was also important to bring someone to the Club who could play the way Ipswich expect the game to be played and who will embrace the Club's role in the community."

Chief Executive Simon Clegg added: "The owner and I spoke to a number of excellent candidates to take on the role as the next Manager of Ipswich Town but Paul's experience and credentials made him our number one target.

"We are delighted to have him at the Football Club. I'm looking forward to working with him and I'm confident Paul can put in the building blocks that will allow us to achieve our long term goals for this great club."

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